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Neurons can use local stores for communication needs
News   May 26, 2014

Researchers reveal that neurons can utilize a supremely localized internal store of calcium to initiate the secretion of neuropeptides, one class of signaling molecules through which neurons communicate with each other and with other cells.

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Neurostimulation: What is being said in the media and academic literature?
News   May 25, 2014

A new report by IRCM ethics experts raises important questions and concerns about tDCS Over the past several decades, neurostimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) have gradually gained favour in the public eye.

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Blocking a pain receptor in mice extends lifespan, improves insulin response
News   May 24, 2014

Blocking a pain receptor in mice not only extends their lifespan, it also gives them a more youthful metabolism, including an improved insulin response that allows them to deal better with high blood sugar.

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One third of all brain aneurysms rupture: The size is not a significant risk factor
News   May 23, 2014

Approximately one third of all brain aneurysms rupture during a patient's lifetime, resulting in a brain haemorrhage. A recent Finnish study demonstrates that, unlike what was previously assumed, the size of the aneurysm does not significantly impact the risk of rupture.

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Fruit flies show a mark of intelligence in 'thinking' before they act
News   May 23, 2014

Oxford University neuroscientists have shown that fruit flies take longer to make more difficult decisions.

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How the gut feeling shapes fear
News   May 23, 2014

We are all familiar with that uncomfortable feeling in our stomach when faced with a threatening situation. By studying rats, researchers at ETH Zurich have been able to prove for the first time that our ‘gut instinct’ has a significant impact on how we react to fear.

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One molecule blocks both pain and itch
News   May 23, 2014

Duke University researchers have found an antibody that simultaneously blocks the sensations of pain and itching in studies with mice.

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Unlikely Stress Responder May Protect Against Alzheimer’s
News   May 22, 2014

In surprise findings, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered that a protein with a propensity to form harmful aggregates in the body when produced in the liver protects against Alzheimer’s disease aggregates when it is produced in the brain.

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Nasal spray may soon replace pills for delivering medications to the brain
News   May 22, 2014

When the doctor prescribes medicine, it is often in the form of a pill. But when it comes to brain diseases, pills are actually an extremely inefficient way to deliver drugs to the brain, and according to researchers from University of Southern Denmark we need to find new and more efficient ways of transporting drugs to the brain.

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New Neural Pathway in Eyes that Aids in Vision Identified
News   May 22, 2014

A type of retina cell plays a more critical role in vision than previously known, a team led by Johns Hopkins University researchers has discovered.

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